WILL - Focus - June 05, 2012

The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern China


(Duration: 51:15)

Jay Taylor, Writer

Host: David Inge
image from book cover of The Generalissimo

At the time of his death, Chiang Kai-shek was widely viewed as a brutal dictator, a failed military leader, and the man who lost the mainland to Mao Zedong.  Jay Taylor says that was once his assessment too, but after doing research on the life of the Chinese leader, Taylor says he says he came to see Chiang as a complex figure--not the complete villain the West sees nor the saint long revered in Taiwan. We’ll rebroadcast an interview with Jay Taylor author of "The Generalissimo."

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, July 08, 2009, 10 am

Categories: Books and Reading, History

WILL - Focus - May 30, 2012

The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change


(Duration: 52:57)

Most of Africa’s farmers are so poor they can’t grow enough to feed their families year round. In January of 2011 a group of Kenyan farmers decided to take a chance--joining the One Acre Fund, a social enterprise set up to help some of Africa’s most neglected people. The hope was that they could feed their families for the year, and have a bit left over to sell.  Roger Thurow brings us the story of a farm community on the brink of change, the subject of his book "The Last Hunger Season."

WILL - Focus - May 29, 2012

The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story


(Duration: 51:60)

The Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most powerful symbols, yet when it arrived in crates, no one could have imagined just how powerful it would become. We’ll get the story of the small group of French intellectuals who decided to offer a tribute to American liberty and of the uphill fight for American support. Our guest will be historian Edward Berenson, author of the new book "The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story."

WILL - Focus - May 28, 2012

Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I


(Duration: 55:01)

Two hundred thousand black soldiers were sent to Europe to fight in World War I. Historian Adriane Lentz-Smith says that experience gave many black people their first taste of life outside of the American racial system. She says it led them to imagine a different world, one that they worked to make real when they returned home. In a program from the archives, we’ll look at the ways that World War I shaped the civil rights movement in the United States. That’s the subject of Adriane Lentz-Smith’s book "Freedom Struggles."

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, January 14, 2010, 10 am

WILL - Focus - May 28, 2012

Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World


(Duration: 55:01)

When the British left America after the Revolution it was cause for celebration, but not all Americans were pleased to see the redcoats sail away. Fearing for their safety, some 60,000 Americans who had remained loyal to the crown decided to leave and make new lives elsewhere in the British Empire. In a program from the archives, Harvard historian Maya Jasanoff talks about her book "Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World." It explores the many ways that the loyalist diaspora helped Britain overcome a stinging defeat and go on to become a world power.

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, March 31, 2011, 11 am

WILL - Focus - May 25, 2012

Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World


(Duration: 55:01)

Tina Rosenberg has made a specialty of writing about seemingly intractable problems. The typical approach to problems like drug use or sexually transmitted disease concentrates on giving people information or motivating them through fear. In a program from the archives, she tells stories about people who have used a different approach, one based on changing behavior by exploiting a basic human need--the need to belong. That’s the central theme of her book "Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World."

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, April 04, 2011, 10 am

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